Designer / Installer: Retrodec Interior Design and Build
Recently, we’ve been lending our manufacturing expertise to numerous music and media rooms.
Basically Trade supplied the perfect Ultragloss handle-less cabinets and fittings to transform a boring box room into a space age home office and gaming room. Testament to the success of the job, our client - Retrodec Interior Design and Build - shared photos of the finished project on social media, which then led to a number of other exciting business enquiries for the husband and wife design and build team.
The brief given to Retrodec was to turn an under-utilised box room, mainly used for storage, into a stylish and functional home office space for the homeowner who was WFH. Their client also expressed a desire that it would be nice for the children to enjoy the room, with a more ‘fun’ space to be used for gaming. A key priority for the high end project was an abundance of smart storage, which Basically Trade was well-placed to provide, as we’ve been manufacturing clever kitchen storage and bespoke bedroom and bathroom cabinets for 16 years.
Retrodec Interior Designer Helen Gilbert had carefully considered the design, which included two large, shelved corner cupboards, where the Client was able to easily store away all of the necessary but unsightly boxes, games and files. Helen’s plan was followed to the letter to ensure the concept came clearly to life. Helen and husband Dave had also proposed flexible lighting that was fun by day and funky by night, with colour-changing LEDs.
A white high gloss finish on the cabinets, doors and shelves from Basically Trade enhanced the effect of the lighting, and push-close mechanisms meant handles were not required. This created a productive and streamlined effect for working hours, and the white high gloss reflected the coloured lights in order to be fun and atmospheric during play. They also installed Nanoleaf’s customisable smart lighting panels which have a rhythm module to sync the lighting with games and music.
The Retrodec founders said choosing to work with Basically Trade for this contract was a decision that “definitely paid off” and will hopefully be the first of many more joint projects. Helen explains: “We’ve built up a network of trusted companies over the last 25 years, and we’re always looking to work with the best of the best. Our supply chain plays a crucial part in maintaining our reputation; in order for us to provide the finest quality and service – we rely our suppliers to provide the same to us.
“Basically Trade had been recommended to us by another trade supplier and, from the very start, nothing was too much trouble. They talked through every aspect of the design, from hinges and handles to internal fittings, customised panels and special cupboard sizes. “The Client had given us artistic free rein and believed in our concept, and Basically Trade followed our design perfectly, with a thorough understanding of what we were aiming to achieve. Their skilled service created a beautiful, final product.
“From concept to completion, everything ran smoothly. Absolutely nothing was missing or damaged (having been checked multiple times before arriving with us). The service and quality of product from Basically Trade was impeccable.” Helen Gilbert has been an interior designer for over 25 years and has a 1st class BSc in Interior Design while Dave Gilbert has been running his own building firm for 30 years. The two amalgamated their businesses in 2015 to form Retrodec and now clients are able to benefit from their complementary skill sets.
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